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Fake Sugar

Beth Ditto

Fake Sugar

Debut solo album from the former Gossip lead singer produced by Jennifer Decilveo

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  1. 9.0 |   The Music

    Energetic, catchy and tight as hell — as the ol' cliche goes, this is all killer, no filler
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  2. 8.0 |   Q

    If Fake Sugar lands, the mainstream’s in for a sweet treat. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The real gems in the collection are the slow burners, where she gives a more restrained delivery
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  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    There's a run where an undercurrent of 70s influenced disco grooves pulsate through the heart of each song that this album reaches its creative peak
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  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Sequinned stompers to strut to
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  6. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Southern punk swagger
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Former Gossip frontwoman makes a welcome return with her first solo album of pure pop bliss
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  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It's a shiny, spandex-y, jacket-sleeves-rolled-up kind of rock
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  9. 8.0 |   DIY

    A surprisingly sweet listen
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  10. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    A bluesy, disco-pop revelation
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  11. 7.0 |   Paste Magazine

    She uses this album to show where’s come from and how she’s changed along the way
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  12. 7.0 |   The 405

    The poppier moments of Fake Sugar, including the title track and the Peter, Bjorn and John-esque 'In and Out of Love' are smoothly constructed and could potentially supply the breakout hit that the album clearly craves
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  13. 6.1 |   Pitchfork

    Despite some thin lyrics and odd production choices, it has a few excellent moments
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  14. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    More sugar rush than sugar crash
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  15. 6.0 |   music OMH

    For anyone suffering from withdrawal symptoms after the Gossip split, Fake Sugar should more than sate that need
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  16. 6.0 |   The Independent

    A bit of a mixed bag
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  17. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    A sugar high that bodes well for where she goes next
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  18. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Fake Sugar is a real reinvention for Beth Ditto, but it’s not so much of a reinvention that her signature traits are unrecognisable
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  19. 6.0 |   Mojo

    There’s no doubt that Ditto can command the attention. Print edition only

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